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Copyright Amendment bill panel discussion

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Watch the event on YouTube here

ReCreate South Africa in partnership with Wikimedia ZA will be hosting a panel discussion on the impact of the South African Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament. The panel will consist of Copyright experts, legal scholars, civil society groups, and others who will be impacted by changes to copyright law. This panel discussion will feature:

Wikimedia ZA supports the current version of the Copyright Amendement bill before parliament as it contains allowances for both Freedom of Panorama and Fair Use.

Wikimedia ZA will be trying to steam the event over YouTube which can be seen live on the day at the link below.

Event details
The event will happen:

Refreshments and finger food will be served at the venue.

Wikipedia's 18th Birthday


15th January 2019

Eighteen years ago today Wikipedia was born. Wikipedia first started out as Nupedia, launched on the 9th March 2000, which sought to provide a free online encyclopedia that was curated by experts similar to how traditional encyclopedias were written. Nupedia did not take off and as an experiment before it was shut down Wikipedia was launched. Wikipedia allowed anyone to write and review encyclopedia articles. The English language version was launched on the 15th January 2001 and has grown rapidly since then. Afrikaans language Wikipedia was started a few months later on the 16th November 2001 and now has over 68,000 articles, edited by 910 people, and is viewed 1.6 million times a month.

Wikimedia South Africa celebrates this birthday by encouraging more people to edit and contribute their knowledge to Wikipedia in general and South African languages in particular. Today Wikipedia is available in almost 300 different languages including almost all official South African languages including isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga.


Wikimedia ZA Annual General Meeting 2018
The Wikimedia ZA board has elected to host our Annual General Meeting on Saturday the 27th October 2018. Below are the details for the AGM:

  • Time: 17:00 for 17:30
  • Date: Saturday, 27th October 2018
  • Location: Code4Africa offices (top floor), 84 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000 (Map)

For those not in Cape Town, a Google Hangouts link will be announced.

Food and refreshments will be served during the AGM (mostly pizza and drinks).

It will be held after the Wikidata 6th Birthday event in Cape Town and the Education editathon in Johannesburg. Both events end at 15:30.

WikiData 6th birthday
  see also | WikiData Cape Town

  • Location: Code4Africa office (top floor), 84 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000 (Map)
  • Date: Saturday, 27th October 2018
  • Time: 10:00-16:00

Johannesburg editathon
  see also | Education editathon

  • Location: Sci-Bono Discover Centre, Corner of Miriam Makeba & President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
  • Date: Saturday, 27th October 2018
  • Time: 9:00 to 15:15

Wikimedia ZA group photograph at Wikimania with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Wikimedia Foundation ED Katherian Maher.

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Wikimania Cape Town 2018
Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town is now over. As host organisation Wikimedia ZA would like to thank everyone who attended and the many people who helped make this year's event such a success. We would like to give a very special thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation for the technical and financial support to make the event a reality as well as all of our event volunteers. We would also like to thank our event sponsors Interactive Africa, WikiHow and Google as well as supporting organisations such as Wesgro, Goethe Institute and the University of Cape Town.

During this year's Wikimania we welcomed around 700 attendees from 60 countries attending almost 80 presentations and an additional two days of pre-conference events and workshops. A total of 170 news stories in the foreign and local press reported on the event thereby greatly increasing awareness of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community in South Africa. Exact numbers will be released when the Wikimania 2018 report is released.

Wikimedia ZA increased its membership by almost 40 new members. Wikimedia ZA is still an entirely volunteer organisation but after this event the need to further professionalise the chapter has become clearer to support a larger membership base and the many more organisational partnerships we have developed at the conference.

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Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town
20 July 2018, Wikimania begins in Cape Town.

As the key organising partner for Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town Wikimedia ZA would like to welcome Wikipedians from all over the world, over 80 countries in total, to the mother city. As of writing this news update the preconference (18 & 19 July) is now over and the main conference is about to begin. The main conference will run from the 20th to the 22nd July 2018. Hosting this event has been the main focus of the South African Chapter for the past two years now. Ever since Cape Town was announced as the host city for Wikimenai 2018 at Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, Italy. You can read more about Wikimania 2018 at the event website here.

Extended registration for Wikimania 2018

Registration for Wikimania 2018, being held in Cape Town from July 20, has been extended until July 13. We hope to see you there!

Cape Town & Johannesburg Wiki meetups with Asaf

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Wikimedia South Africa will be hosting a meetup in Cape Town and Johannesburg to welcome Asaf Bartov from the Wikimedia Foundation.
Asaf Bartov from the Wikimedia Foundation (the non-for-profit that runs the servers that Wikipedia is on) will be in Johannesburg from the 25th to the 28th May and in Cape Town from the 28th to the 30th May.

Wikimedia ZA will be hosting two community meeting whilst he is in South Africa. The Johannesburg meetup will take place at the Goethe Institut in Johannesburg. Please see mass message from your Wikipedia talk page or our WikimediaZA Facebook page for dates, times and venue or follow this link.

The chapter will also be hosting a meetup on Tuesday the 29th May from 17:30 to welcome him to Cape Town and introduce him to the community in and around Cape Town. Below are the event details:

  • Date & time: 17:30 onwards, Tuesday, 29th May 2018
  • Venue: Code for Africa, 3rd Floor, 84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001.

Asaf will be talking about what new tools have been developed to better edit or use Wiki projects such as, or most notably, Wikipedia. Tools such as Wikidata. He will also be on hand to give a broader overview to people on the free knowledge/Wikipedia community globally.
This will also likely be the last meetup we have before Wikimania (18-22 July 2018) happens in Cape Town.
Finger food and drinks will be served.

ReCreate Copyright Workshop

Copyright workshop to discuss how to amend the SA Copyright at to include Freedom of Panorama and Fair Use. Join us and ReCreate (a network of content creators) to discuss issues relating to amending the Copyright Act which is currently being reviewed by Parliament. Wikimedia South Africa supports Freedom of Panorama and Fair Use to be included into the new version of Copyright Act.

Below are the details of the event:

Date: Thursday, 24th May 2018 Time: 17:30 onwards Location: 3rd Floor, Code for Africa office, 84 Shortmarket St, Cape Town

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